Assassin's Creed: Forsaken is a novel written by Oliver Bowden, which was released on 4 December 2012. The novel focuses on events prior and during Assassin's Creed III, and unveils Haytham Kenway's roots, showing the story of how he became a Templar.
- "I am an expert swordsman. And I am skilled in the business of death. I take no pleasure in my skill. Simply, I am good at it."
- ―Haytham Kenway
1735 – London, Haytham Kenway has been taught to use a sword from the age he was able to hold one. When his family's house is attacked – his father murdered and his sister taken by armed men, Haytham defends his home the only way he can... he kills. With no family, he is taken in by a mysterious tutor who trains him to become a deadly killer.
Consumed by his thirst for revenge, Haytham begins a quest for retribution, trusting no one and questioning everything he has ever known. Conspiracy and betrayal surround him as he is drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Assassins and the Templars.
- The release date, December 4, was also the date that Haytham was born.
- The prologue and epilogue to the book were written by Haytham's son, Ratonhnhaké:ton, and mentions his regret for not having truly known him, as well as his perspective on the events following their confrontation.
- Unlike the other Assassin's Creed novelizations written by Bowden, Forsaken does not follow the same story as Assassin's Creed III. Instead, it details Haytham's story throughout the same time period, showing a mirrored perspective to what the game portrays.
- Connor's epilogue speech was available for extraction as an audio file in Assassin's Creed III.